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Those who want to burn on their land in Ray County need a permit to do so.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources Environmental Specialist Aaron Bleibaum said the department does not want to keep people from burning. But, he said state regulations require a permit because Ray County is included in the Kansas City Metro area.
“We don’t want to say you can’t burn, but we just have to get this process in order,” he said.
Getting the process in order is taking some time. Bleibaum met with the Richmond Fire Department about a month ago but at that time it was not clear who was responsible for issuing the permits. Fire Chief Lonnie Quick explained that although the fire department is contracted to provide services outside the city limits, his department has no jurisdiction or enforcement authority over burning.
Henrietta Alderman Angela Moore said last month at a meeting that she could not get a permit recently. Bleibaum said there has been some confusion but recently the process has been worked out with Richmond Fire.
Bleibaum said soon Ray County residents would be able to go to their local fire district and pick up an application to burn. He said the fire department would make the initial approval before forwarding the application to DNR. He said DNR has final approval.
“We’re going to work through these issues and hopefully soon people can go to the fire department, get an application and everything will be OK,” he said. “We’re just trying to get the entire county on the same page. It’s going to be a slow process.”